[usually pl.] a device consisting of a pivoted ring or rings capable of swinging freely while mounted on a fixed frame, used as to hold a ship's compass, pelorus, etc. level despite any pitch, roll, or yaw
often gimbal ring
Origin of gimbalsingular of gimbals, altered from Middle English gemelles, twins from Classical Latin gemellus, diminutive of geminus, twin
transitive verb-·baled or -·balled, -·bal·ing or -·bal·ling
to attach to or mount on a gimbal
- A rigid frame or ring in which an object is supported by pivots. Two such rings mounted concentrically on axes at right angles to each other allow an object such as a ship's compass to remain suspended in a horizontal plane between them regardless of any motion of its support.
- often gimbals A device consisting of gimbals.
transitive verbgim·baled, gim·bal·ing, gim·bals, or gim·balled gim·bal·ling
To supply with or support on gimbals.
Origin of gimbalAlteration of obsolete gemel double ring ; see gimmal .
a gyroscope with two gimbals
Alteration of gemel, from Old French jumel (“twin”) (French jumeau), from Latin gemellus